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PSA's Duke moves against suspended officers

By Denyse Renne

A hearing date is yet to be fixed for an injunction filed last Friday at the Port of Spain High Court on behalf of the Public Services Association (PSA).

The PSA through its president Watson Duke,is seeking to have suspended officers of the PSA—general secretary Oral Saunders, first vice president Rosanna Robinson, trustee Raymond Butler, deputy general secretary Rendy Bedassie, industrial relations officer Joanne Semper-Caprietta, general council member Ricky Cedeno and trustee Demetrius Martin—refrain from making public statements and holding any meetings on behalf of the general council.

Leading the PSA's legal team is Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, while attorneys Rajiv Persad, John Heath, Raphael Morgan and Lionel Lucky also appear on the PSA's behalf.

The matter was carded to be heard before Justice Charmaine Pemberton.

However, Pemberton recused herself, indicating that she knew one of the individuals involved.

Attorneys are now awaiting word from the Registry for the name of a new judge and date of hearing the injunction.

Last month, Duke dismissed as null and void a meeting convened in his absence.

Duke said at a press conference at the union's Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, headquarters that any purported decision taken by the group in his absence is illegal.

Cedeno, in a press conference said a motion was passed to have Duke appear before a special meeting of the general council to answer numerous allegations.

Cedeno also said a motion was passed to lift, with immediate effect, the suspensions of Saunders, Robinson, Butler, Bedassie, Semper-Caprietta and Martin.

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